On December 8, almost nobody believed that veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt would be in a position to play for the Super Bowl title not even two months later. After all, he had just been released by the worst team in the NFL: The Cleveland Browns let Britt go after the high-priced offseason acquisition failed to make any noticeable contributions to the team's moribund offense.
In his first nine games with the Browns, the former Tennessee Titans first round draft choice registered a mere 18 catches for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Safe to say, the Rutgers product did not live up to the price-tag Cleveland's front office put on him during free agency: In March, Britt and the team agreed to a four-year contract worth a total of $32.5 million.
Nine months later, the 29-year old and the then 0-12 Browns were headed down different paths: Cleveland's would take the team to four more losses and only the second 0-16 campaign in the NFL's 97 years of existence. Britt's, on the other hand, would look drastically different as it took him only five days to find a new employer - none other than the NFL's premier franchise.
The New England Patriots signed Britt to a two-year deal on December 13. While he started the season without any wins whatsoever, he would see his new team win one game after the other en route to a division title and the number one playoff seed in the AFC. Britt appeared in three games since signing with the Patriots and was a healthy scrath for both of the team's postseason contests so far.
Despite his recent inactivities and catching only two passes for 23 yards so far during his Patriots tenure, he now finds himself in a position to earn a Super Bowl ring for the first time in his career: Following New England's 24-20 victory in the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Britt and his teammates will now play the Philadelphia Eagles for the Super Bowl title
And even though his teammates will likely do all of the heavy in-game lifting - Britt is projected to be out as a game-day inactive again -, the former free agency bust could be part of a championship team just one week from now. Considering where his season started and how it developed over its first 12 weeks, this is quite the turnaround.